The smart grid continue to get smarter, as the U.S. DOE (Dept. of Energy),, has invested $1 million in funding toward RTI (Real-Time Innovations),, to conduct research and new developments of grids under the established DDS (Data Distribution Service) standard.

The announcement commences Phase II of the DOE’s work toward improved smart grids. Phase I saw RTI make use of the DOE’s first investment to make new upgrades for its RTI Connext DDS to create an open and decentralized solution that can be configured with existing grid structures. This allowed for more secure cyber physical communication across the U.S. smart grid.

Upon entering this next phase of development, advanced remote management of grid devices is a main priority. RTI will improve its solution to become multi-protocol and platform-agnostic to ensure independent configuration overlays when managing grid computing devices.

RTI will also be joining forces with several energy start-up groups, national labs, and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) standardization bodies to ensure the upgrades will meet requirements for new grid hardware, as well as future-proof design.

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